Pledge to protect Topsham's greenery

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 May 2016

Rob Newby, Exeter City Councillor for Topsham

Rob Newby, Exeter City Councillor for Topsham

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Topsham's three new representatives have said they are committed to protecting the town's green fields following their election to Exeter City Council (ECC).

Conservatives Andrew Leadbetter (1,277 votes), Margaret Baldwin (1,135 votes) and Rob Newby (1,188 votes) were triumphant in the local elections last Thursday.

The turnout in Topsham was 38.73 per cent.

Across Exeter, Labour retained control of the council with an increased majority. The party won 30 out of 39 seats on the city council. The Conservatives lost four seats and were left with eight councillors.

The Liberal Democrats hold one seat.

Councillor Leadbetter, who is Conservative group leader on the council, said: “I’m delighted to have topped the poll and that we have three city councillors elected in Topsham.

“We will continue to stand up for the town’s green fields, tackle parking issues and more.”

Cllr Newby said he is ‘honoured’ to be elected.

He believes the Conservative performance was based on national, rather than local, politics.

Cllr Baldwin said she would continue to ensure her residents on the Newcourt development have the facilities they need.

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